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National Gallery of Canada

380 Sussex Dr, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 9N4 , Canada (Byward Market Area)
613-990-1985
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Ranked #9 of 136 attractions in Ottawa
Type: Art Museums, History Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Dating back to 1880, this visual arts museum holds in trust a collection of European and Canadian paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings and photos.
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Medicine Hat, Canada
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

One of the great things about most of the attractions in Ottawa, is that the majority of them are concentrated around Parliament Hill, and within a few minutes walk of each other. This is true of the National Gallery. Even someone with a casual interest in art will enjoy spending some time here. My personal favorite part, is a room... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

A great stop for the art lover, just around the bend from Parliament. The Canadian art is excellent, with Canada's rich art history well represented. Also, Ottawa seems to manage to get on the list for lots of impressive exhibits, like Van Gogh and Caravaggio lately.

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Enough variety to satisfy all tastes. Classic art in an ultra modern glass museum filled with natural light- a truly mem

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Great to pick up insight into Canadian history through the works on display. Also fascinating to learn a bit about the artists' start in painting and circumstances that enhanced their skill and expression THE GALLERY IS FREE Thur at 5pm-8pm

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Ottawa, Canada
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21 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

The National Gallery is a must visit while in Ottawa. There is art from around the world and in particular displays of Canadian artists, as well as artists from Europe and the United States. Fresh, clean, and invigorating an afternoon or morning very well spent.

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Ottawa, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

We go regularly with kids on weekends for Artissimo, kid-friendly crafts, and on dates. We love the building, we can never believe more people don't go - it's always quiet and peaceful. There are so many wonderful spaces, gardens, water features, in natural light, with modern space. Great collection, for a non-European country. The contemporary galleries are always fun and... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

You really have to be into art and history for this to be enjoyable, otherwise save your money and a whole lot of boredom. If you are artistic, a historian, wear birkenstocks or are gay there is a good chance you'll enjoy the Art Gallery of Canada.

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

I have been to the National Gallery many times, since living in Ottawa for 40 years. There are always new touring exhibits, so check the website. The fixed exhibits include native art, modern art, both European and Canadian, as well as a large gallery of paintings from approx. 800 AD to current times. You could easily spend the entire day... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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44 reviews 44 reviews
12 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Architecturally it is marvellous: certainly a must-see when you visit Ottawa, especially if you appreciate fine art. There is a wonderful collection of Canadian art and sculptures not found anywhere else in the world. The building is a serene sanctuary, a beautiful environment to sit and enjoy even if you are not an art-lover. Do not miss it.

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Toronto, Canada
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19 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

This is one of the finest art galleries in the world. It has a massive collection of some of the most beautiful pieces of art that have ever been created. I spent 6 hours here and it really is worth taking your time as you go through this lovely building. They have the finest collection of Canadian Art with extensive... More

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